Summer Burton Rupper portrait
  • Professor, Geography Department
  • Associate Professor, Geography Department
  • Associate Director, Global Change and Sustainability Center

Research Summary

My research objectives are part of a larger effort to characterize natural climate variability, and to quantify the impacts of climate change on physical and human systems. My current research projects focus on quantifying glacier contributions to water resources and sea-level rise, assessing glacier sensitivity to climate change, and reconstructing past climate using ice cores and geomorphic evidence of past glacier extents.


  • B.S., Geology, Brigham Young University
  • M.S., Geology, University of Washington
  • Ph.D., Earth and Space Sciences, University of Washington